GRAMMY U™ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE FOR WINTER 2016 QUARTER!

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We are extremely pleased to announce the eleven recipients of the Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute for Winter 2016:

Bianca Alvarez, Yngrid Alvarez, Lucky Bell, Ruby Chase, Rayssa Gomes, Victor Kusaka, Christoff Miller, Andrea Silva Orozco, Hemang Prajapati, Suraj Radhakrishnan Pillai, Eugenia Garza Rodriguez

The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at Musicians Institute.

One scholarship per currently enrolled MI student applicant (eleven total) was awarded (based on a written essay submission) in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program, giving each awardee the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, the students will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

Everyone at MI congratulates the winners of this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime community partner, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students at Musicians Institute with the support, tools, recognition and professional development they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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To learn more about the work of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, click HERE.

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Happy Holidays from The Musicians Foundation!

Happy Holidays, and warm wishes for a wonderful 2016!

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MUSIC is OUR LIFE, and OUR FUTURE!

As 2015 comes to a close, I’m reminded on a daily basis of all the ways that the students of Musicians Institute, the high schoolers that attend our Grammy Museum Music Education Programs, and local non-profits awardees rely on the support of those who understand the power of music education and the important role it plays in our lives. 

We’re proud to have just completed our best year of fund-raising ever, having brought in $114,000 in tax deductible donations!

These donations are directly awarded as scholarships to the students of Musicians Institute and fund our ongoing high school outreach programs.  We’ve awarded over $400,000 in scholarships since 2004, and have directly supported (both) the education, and musical inspiration for thousands of students over the last eleven years.

If you haven’t yet made a contribution to our scholarship fund, I invite you to join us by making a tax-deductible donation NOW to the Musicians Institute Student Scholarship fund administered by The Musicians Foundation.

-Beth Marlis, Executive Director

Click here to donate:

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Let’s continue to accomplish the extraordinary, and make a lasting investment in our future, our culture, and ourselves!

 

ANNOUNCING THE GEORGE DUKE KEYBOARD SCHOLARSHIP- ON BEHALF OF THE STANLEY CLARKE FOUNDATION!

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The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The scholarship is generously funded by Rich Buchanan and James Chesser on behalf of the Stanley Clarke Foundation; and has been created to honor the exceptional talents and artistic career of the legendary George Duke.

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George Duke and Stanley Clarke

The scholarship will be awarded in spring 2016 to a new student (US or non-US citizen) enrolling in the MI Keyboard Program (at AA or Bachelor’s level) who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship and “groove” in any of the following genres: R&B, Funk, Jazz or Pop.

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The scholarship award of $2,000 will be applied as a tuition discount for the Spring 2016 ($1,000) and Summer 2016 ($1,000) quarters.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 26, 2016.

For complete scholarship details, and scholarship application, click HERE.

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George and Stanley at MI

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TWO ways to get a tax deduction AND fund music scholarships at MI!

Did you know that there are TWO easy ways to really make a difference and support music education!

ONE:

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Click the image to donate via our online donation page!

Have you made your 100% tax deductible gift to The Musicians Foundation Annual Giving drive?  Join us on Tuesday, December 1st as we participate in Giving Tuesday!

TWO:

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Just click this image to go to Amazon Smile!

The holidays are fast approaching, and every time (and any time) you shop on Amazon, go to the link in the image above and they will automatically donate 0.5% of your total purchase directly to The Musicians Foundation.  EASY!

Just want to donate, right now?

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Here you go…the direct way!

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION & MUSICIANS INSTITUTE CO-SPONSOR CLASS WITH MEHDI HASSINE AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

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Future Foley artists were shown how today’s films utilize sound effects.

Today, 75 high school students were treated to a very informative and highly entertaining class:  Introduction to Foley Recording and Editing, taught by Musicians Institute’s own Mehdi Hassine at The Grammy Museum.   

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The paint can is mic’ed up!

The Grammy Museum class covered in-depth demonstrations of creative computer-based sound design techniques using ProTools software and “old school” Foley techniques for film (using examples of footsteps, and plastic paint can sampling)!

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“Great sound designers need to always be listening to the random sounds going on everywhere!”

Now in our fifth year of sponsoring outreach classes at The Grammy Museum that span contemporary music styles, sampling, beatmaking, film composing, music technology, music business, songwriting, music video creation, Foley techniques and rhythm workshops.  We are proud to have shared the expertise, diverse knowledge and incredible talents of MI’s faculty with nearly 6,000 high school and middle school students from the greater LA area thru our outreach class program at The Grammy Museum!

We’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of the music (and music technology) industry, and continue to open the door of opportunity and creative experience thru the power of music education!  

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION & MUSICIANS INSTITUTE CO-SPONSOR CLASS WITH DJ SPUTNIK AT The GRAMMY MUSEUM

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DJ Sputnik at The Grammy Museum

Today, over 100 high school students were treated to a very informative and highly entertaining class:  Introduction to Today’s DJ Techniques taught by Musicians Institute’s own DJ Charlie Sputnik at The Grammy Museum.  World class DJ and master instructor DJ Sputnik (Charles Chemery) is also the Program Chair for MI’s newly launched Certificate in DJ Performance and Production.  

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Old School Vinyl

The Grammy Museum class covered “old school” vinyl DJ techniques, and an in-depth demonstration of creative computer-based DJ techniques using the software Serato.

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Showing the next generation “how it’s done”!

Now in our fifth year of sponsoring outreach classes at The Grammy Museum that span contemporary music styles, sampling, beatmaking, film composing, music technology, music business, songwriting, music video creation, Foley techniques and rhythm workshops.  We are proud to have shared the expertise, diverse knowledge and incredible talents of MI’s faculty with nearly 6,000 high school and middle school students from the greater LA area thru our outreach class program at The Grammy Museum!

Showing the next generation "how it's done"!

Luck= Preparation + Opportunity!

We’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of the music industry, and continue to open the door of opportunity and creative experience thru the power of music education!  

 

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GRAMMY U™ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE FOR FALL 2015!

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We are extremely pleased to announce the ten recipients of the Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute for Fall 2015:

Davide Cinci, Marcos Geary, Hayat El-Mir, Hyeongyeong Gim, Lachlan E. Hill, Tracy Rampersaud Lambertucci, Shreyas Kandekar, Sergio Machuca, Joshua McNeal, Saahas Patil

The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at Musicians Institute.

One scholarship per currently enrolled MI student applicant (ten total) was awarded (based on a written essay submission) in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program, giving each awardee the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, the students will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

Everyone at MI congratulates the winners of this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime community partner, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students at Musicians Institute with the support, tools, recognition and professional development they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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To learn more about the work of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, click HERE.

GRAMMY U™ — “A program for college students pursuing music industry careers, created by the music community’s leading membership organization The Recording Academy®”

Musicians Institute Alums Featured Performers @Only in Hollywood Festival – Nov. 5-8th! #OIH2015

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The excitement is building as MI’s highly talented alums prepare to take the stage at the first-ever, highly anticipated: “Only in Hollywood Festival” going on this weekend!  Both shows are free, and are part of the walkable festival crawl that showcases great music, art, food, and “happenings” in Hollywood, across dozens of venues and restaurants.

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Be sure to check out these great MI alumni bands!

  • Thursday Night (11/5) at 7pm – We Are The Big Bang –  The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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We are the Big Bang- Luis Munoz- Electric Guitar Oliver Lee- Keys Kyle Rector- Percussion Enrique Hinojosa- Bass Cheyenne Jolene- Vox and Tambo Elaine Faye- Vox and Rhythm Guitar

  • Friday Night (11/6) at 9pm –Jared James Nichols –  The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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The Americana Lounge 1553 Cahuenga, near Selma Ave.

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We’ll see you there, and all around the festival!

PS- Be sure to buy a $1 Festival button for great discounts on food, drink, merch and shows!  And…say hello to the many MI students who are working as Festival volunteers!

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Fall 2015 Evans Drum Scholarship WInner: Marisa Testa

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The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Marisa Testa, multi-stylist (in Rock, Grunge, Metal and Pop genres) drummer from Farmingdale, NY has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2015.

Marisa will focus on “learning how to read music better and gaining efficient practice skills” during her studies at MI. 

Upon receiving her scholarship award, Marisa acknowledged that she chose to study at MI for “its contemporary music curriculum, and the opportunity to perform and meet others who are interested in bettering themselves musically.

She described her future professional goals as follows: “my dream would be to play drums and sing with a well known musician/artist.

Everyone at MI congratulates Marisa on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Marisa with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 

Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.

To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.

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